Christine Göttler is currently writing a book entitled “Fluid Worlds,” which explores Rubens’s engagement with the global world of seventeenth-century Antwerp and the city’s long history of craftsmanship, material expertise, and (hidden) knowledge. She is also working with Sven Dupré on the volume “Reading the Inventory: The Worlds and Possessions of the Portuguese Merchant-Banker Emmanuel Ximenez (1564–1632) in Antwerp,” where the focus is on the converso merchant-banker’s involvement in the city’s artisanal, commercial, and scholarly culture.
She continues to do research and publish on early modern elemental imaginaries and the ways in which artists thought of and pictured hidden natural and supernatural forces.


The Eschatological Imagination: Space, Time, and Experience (1300–1800), edited by Wietse de Boer and Christine Göttler, Intersections, vol. 96, Leiden: Brill, 2024 (forthcoming).

Activities and Events

Research stay in Antwerp, August 29 to September 30, 2024